A few days ago, Phil Haack made an announcement which wasn’t a kind of announcement that we had heard from Mr. Haack. It wasn’t a new product release or new version of ASP.NET MVC or NuGet. It wasn’t the birthday of one of his children either. It was the announcement which tells us a very bad news. It was telling that he won’t be working on behalf of Microsoft after the 5th of December 2011.
The blog post was sad for me and at the same time it was shocking as well. But none of those are the reason why I write about it here. I have no idea what happened and drew him away from Microsoft but I can tell that the blog post he has written is exemplary.
Phil Haack respects the place he worked and he didn’t shit all over the company. This should be always the case even if you experienced the hell there.
If you work on a company for a particular period of time and realize that this company is a shitty place after that period of time, you have a serious problem in my opinion. This behavior is no different than seeing your ex-wife / ex-husband as a monster, enemy after a divorce.
Why am I writing this? I honestly don’t know. But when I saw the blog post of Joe Stanger about the Microsoft, I was really sad that a person like him can be a person like that. The announcement of his leave was a little harsh as well. The title of the first blog post I referenced is 'What’s wrong with Microsoft?'. The company name is not important here. It could be Apple, Starbucks or The Jim’s Coffee House. The point here is that: this company was perfect when the employee was working there and it suddenly turned out a shitty place just after the employee left. Maybe it was a shitty place for a while when the employee worked there and he knew that but I, as a person in public, have no idea about that. If you don’t have guts to tell the same thing publicly when you work there, keep it to yourself for your entire life. No matter what happened, that place is the company you have worked for. At some point, maybe the place you have represented for.
So, don’t be a slave of your angers. Don’t go public without thinking by using the words you will possibly regret. Also, don’t forget this is just a random dude’s opinion on the internet.
Oww, I almost forgot. I know that you are not dying but we, at least I, will miss you anyway @Haacked!
In the earliest times, people have travelled on foot to hunt, explore or make pilgrimages. Food, water, safety or acquisition of resources (trade) were the early travel motivations . The invention of the wheel and the sail provided new modes of transportation. Each improvement in technology increased individuals' opportunities to travel. When roads were developed and railway networks spread across the countries, tourism started to flourish.
In 1822, Robert Smart of Bristol, England, announced himself as the first steamship agent. He began booking passengers on steamers to various Bristol Channel ports and to Dublin.
In 1841, Thomas Cook began running a special excursion train from Leicester to Loughborough in England which happened to be a trip of 12 miles. On the 5th of July in 1841, Cook’s train carried 570 passengers at a round-trip with a price of 1 shilling per passenger. This is believed to be the first publicly advertised excursion train. Thus, Thomas Cook can rightfully be recognized as the first rail excursion agent. His pioneering efforts were eventually copied widely in all parts of the World. Cook’s company grew rapidly, providing escorted tours to the Continent and to the United States and around the World.
But the first specialist in individual inclusive travel (the basic function of travel agencies) was probably Thomas Bennett (1814 - 1898) who was another Englishman serving as secretary to the British consul-general in Oslo, Norway. In this position, he frequently arranged individual scenic tours in Norway for visiting British notables. Finally, in 1850, he set up a business as a ‘trip organizer’ and provided individual tourists with itineraries, carriages, provisions and a travel kit. He routinely made advanced arrangements for horses and hotel rooms for his clients.
Incensement of Tourism Industry
After World War II, the availability of airplanes was the messenger of the start of charter flights. In the 1970s, the introduction of wide-bodied jets meant that journeys to the USA and the Far East came with the reach of many people.
Tourism has also expended as people’s leisure time has increased. In the 1700s, leisure time was available only to the richer people. Indeed, they were sometimes referred to as the ‘Leisure Classes’. At the beginning of the 20th Century, bank holidays were introduced and in the 1930s, paid holiday time was more widely available. In the second half of the 20th Century, paid holidays were excepted as a norm and package holidays were within the reach of most people.
People become tourist for variety of reasons. Those reasons were limited at the earlier times but with the variety of services and thanks to good management thoughts of the professionals, those reasons increased a lot. Some of them are ;
- VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives)
- Coastal Tourism
- Congress Tourism
- Thermal Tourism (AKA SPA & Health Tourism)
- Belief / Faith Tourism
- Culture Tourism
- Mountaineering & Winter Tourism
- Adventure Tourism
That list could be expended. Also that list entirely point that out, there is big misunderstanding out there in the world about tourism industry : Tourism is only about leisure holidays.
Nowadays travel agencies range from very small to very large businesses. The smaller businesses are very much like any other small business. Very few people carry out all the business operations, and jobs include secretarial, travel counseling and managerial activities. In large offices job opportunities are more varied and include commercial account specialist, domestic and international travel counselors, research directors and marketing managers. Of course, the main marketing area of a travel business is the internet in current times. Thus, large firms are having their own IT departments, even a Social Media Departments separately from others to handle all the communication between the company and clients. Tour operators are in need of those kind of departments separately more than travel agencies.
[Some of the content of this article has been quoted from the Birgitta Wagner’s textbook of Travel & Tourism]